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CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm EST
the disaster caused by hurricane sandy. i know in a number of states, unprecedented devastation has occurred and we should respond extremely quickly, more quickly than we have. and i hope the house will immediately take up this -- this package. certainly, disaster relief delayed is disaster relief denied. so i hope the house will, indeed, move extremely quickly to address the devastation throughout the northeast. mr. president, i also wanted to note that tonight, 55 senators stood up and said as we assist the victims of hurricane sandy, we should also assist the victims of unprecedented drought and fires that devastated much of our country this last summer. how is it, you might wonder, that we had devastating fires in july and august and into september, devastating drought, and we still haven't approved the disaster assistance? well, i would say it's 100% unacceptable. if you lost your ranch in a fire, if you lost your fencing, if you lost your livestock, and the program that would have helped, that has always been in place for disaster assistance wasn't reauthorized, then you've been strand
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
after a storm as devastating as hurricane sandy. and it's important to understand -- i think that many things have whopped the ability of the states and local communities to deal with some of the effects of this. that is why the sandy emergency supplemental is before us attached to h.r. 1 and why we will be voting on that, i assume, tomorrow. there are two versions before us. one is the senate democrats emergency supplemental proposal. that totals $60.4 billion. it includes nearly $13 billion in mitigation funding. now, that goes for the next storm, not this storm. $3.46 billion for army corps of engineers, $500 million of which are projects from previous disasters, $3 billion to rare or replace federal assets that do not fall in the category of emergency need, $56 million for tsunami cleanup on the west coast, which, of course, does not relate to sandy, and a lot of new authorizing language for reform of disaster relief programs which i would support through the regular process. but without having gone through the authorizing committee, i don't think that's a good idea. our proposed a
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
senators to continued work on the $60 billion hurricane sandy relief package. negotiations continue on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. both parties head to the white house today to discuss the fiscal cliff with the president. it's at 3:00 p.m. eastern in the oval office. senate in recess until 2:00 p.m. eastern when the senate reconveneses, live coverage here on c-span2. >>> and right now on c-span2 a conversation with nebraska senator ben nelson who is retiring after two terms. >>> retiring senator nebraska ben tell me sop. years that began with the 2003 recount and reended with re-election of president obama. if you could think of the adjective to describe these years what would it be? >> clearly interesting. challenging. sometimes totally frustrating. but also full of opportunities for the country. there was some good times during the twelve years laced together with some that weren't so good. 9/11, the anthrax scare. there were positive things as well, the election of president obama, i thought it was a positive statement for the country and moving forward in a way that we
CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 12:00pm EST
intelligence surveillance act, the others that $60 billion relief package for areas affected by hurricane sandy. the house reconvenes at 2:00 p.m. eastern. house leaders have not release the schedule of legislative activity for tomorrow. live coverage from the house floor on c-span and senate live on c-spanat 2. c-span2. >> united states discovered surveillance flights and the tension builds that we have a quarantine or blockade around cuba and one of the things that happened in that time is a soviet submarine is found by american ships and they dropped depth charges on the soviet submarine. they knocked out the electrical system. carbon dioxide was rising. people were passing out inside the submarine. no communications with the kremlin. the commander of the submarine says load the torpedoes, outlets attack. the war probably started already. we are not going to do somersaults when the war started. we're not going to disgrace the country so launch the nuclear torpedo. they said it ready to launch. fortunately one of the other commanders with a lower rank talked him out of it. he might have saved
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 5:00pm EST
. and then we tried to take those emergency provisions and put them into the sandy bill, hurricane sandy bill because if you're going to address the disaster for hurricane sandy, as we absolutely should and must, we should also address the disaster of the worst droughts and worst fires in a century. an area in oregon the size of rhode island burned this last summer. the fences burned. farms and ranches devastated. other parts of the country, it was drought. that was devastating. well, the version of the farm bill stuffed in last night doesn't have those emergency provisions. even though this chamber put them in, this chamber supported them. the committee supported them. we also did something else on the floor. we said the historic imbalance between those who farm in a more traditional fashion and those who farm in an organic fashion is going to be righted. under crop insurance there was a provision for organic farmers that said we're going to charge you a lot more for your insurance but in recognition of that, you're going to get the price of organic goods that is higher if you have something
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 9:30pm EST
: sandy dedell smith is a guest. "elizabeth the queen" is the topic. we will begin with a caller from new york. >> caller: my question is with this band of the queen elizabeth's reign one of the longest in the history of the u.k. with all the prime minister's she has worked with how has that impacted her as a queen from your knowledge? >>guest: she has a vast store of information. she does not have the ideological filter. she takes things and and why she is so valuable to the people who come to her for confidentiality. prime ministers meet with her for one hour every week but others, she has the wisdom as well as a body of knowledge and an extraordinary memory for things. when public officials come to her to ask for guidance, they always remark, even if they are skeptical with a private audience, and nobody else is in the room to record which gives them freedom to say what is on their mind. harold wilson, a labor prime minister in the '70s is hard to say but she had an affectionate relationship with him. the private secretary said he considered her to be a very astute diplomat of the poli
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 1:00am EST
votes today any more -- any more votes today. we're going to wait and see what the house does on sandy and we'll -- i think whatever we do on sandy will have to be done by unanimous consent anyway. so i wouldn't expect any votes until we come back here to reconvene on the 3rd. which is -- let's see, let me figure this out -- it's the day after tomorrow. i think. note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 7:00am EST
, and recognizing executive director, and his people for keeping this event on track, despite sandy trying to stop us. they deserve our thanks and praise. i have to tell you -- [applause] i have to tell you, i'm energized by this honor. billy thing i've ever wanted to do in my life is have a good time writing stories. this award tells me i'm still at it. thank you. [applause] >> himr. leonard, i'm sitting aa table with walter mosley and he would like you to know that he sat through the big bounce and enjoyed it. he may have been in a marijuana tent, i'm not sure. [laughter] if you haven't ever read elmore leonard's 10 tips for writing, it will take you to second. do it tomorrow, to announce during dinner on your your smartphones. number 10 is my favorite. from elmore leonard, 10 tips for writing, try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. [laughter] and that's why that man walked off the stage with a medal. it is time to enjoy your dinner. while you're doing it a want you to please consider this to a measure of all of you not a process work in which tonight winners get chosen. what happ
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 8:00pm EST
"response activities for hurricane sandy" and replaces it with "purposes provided herein." a minor -- small verbal change. but response activities has unlimited meaning. this change does clarify that funds may be used to cover additional recovery and related costs connected to hurricane sandy. second it adds the phrase "to make grants" to clarify that the department of h.h.s. has specific grant-making authority for renovating, repairing and rebuilding nonfederal facilities involved in n.i.h. research. for example an academic center of excellence well known for its work particularly in cancer research will have the opportunity to rebuild. i recommend the support of this amendment. senator shelby has signed off on it. i believe it is not controversial. c.b.o. says it does not adversely -- it does not score at all. and i understand that the minority staff on labor-h.h.s. has also signed off on those changes. mr. president, that amendment too will be voted on tomorrow if not accepted. tonight we're just not accepting amendments and we're not voice voting them. i also want to note that we have t
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 3:00pm EST
destroyed. and just this fall hurricane sandy disrupted shellfisheries all along the oft coast. coastal economies such as in my home state of rhode island are threatened in other ways by sea level eyes and he can extreme storms. the rhode island economic development council notes that tourism in rhode island is at the absolute center of our summer economy. people come from all across the nation to come to rhode island in the summer to enjoy our beautiful beaches, to enjoy our sparkling bay, to sail, to participate in all of the beachside activities, and damage to that economy would be very significant. we are rebuilding from sandy so that we will be ready when our beach visitors come this summer, but it's a reminder of how important that economy is to rhode island and a reminder of how vulnerable it is to extreme weather. let's turn to the west where by august of this year more than six million acres had burned in wildfires. a new analysis by nasa predicts that by the middle of the century, we can expect to match the severity of 2012 fires every three to five years. it's going to become
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 2:00pm EST
doing something finally on the cliff, we hope. we have sandy. we're waiting on that. and we have a series of economic -- executive nominations we need to clear today. i'm told h.r. 459 is at the desk and due for second reading. the presiding officer: the clerk will read the title of the bill for the second time. the clerk: h.r. 459, an act to require a full audit of the board of governors of the federal reserve system and so forth and for other purposes. mr. reid: madam president, i would object to any further proceedings at this time. the presiding officer: objection having been heard, the bill will be placed on the calendar. mr. reid: madam president, what is the business of the day? the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved is reserved. under the previous order, the senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 3:30 for debate only with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. mr. reid: i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. durbin: madam pre
CSPAN
Jan 2, 2013 7:00am EST
hurricane sandy, those done in new jersey and staten island, queens and brooklyn and also, unfortunately, relate to this challenge. what do you do? now, whether we come to this storyline with that kind of connection or not, we've all had disasters in our experience. we've all had those unexpected moments where something happens, and suddenly our life is at the same as it was a moment before. everything has changed. we have to figure out how do we survive. these moments of crisis test us. they test our instincts, our loyalties, our faith in ourselves, our creativity. they test our emotions, and they certainly test our courage. on may 16, 1874, a reservoir dam gave way in western massachusetts. it unleashed an end in tidal wave that was at times 20 to 40 feet high and 300 feet wide. it were a word down a 14-mile valley and swept through the villages of williamsburg, skinnerville, hayden do, lee, florence. to give you a sense of the power of that water is to appreciate the amount of time it took to pass through portions of the valley. in the lower portion of the ballot the land levels out i
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 3:30pm EST
yesterday, bob and sandy davis in st. louis have been very involved in efforts for adopting children from russia and the ukraine. i talked to a young man this morning, sergei quincy from branson who is 22 who was adopted by the quincys in franson when he was 14, 14, he comes to the united states, doesn't speak any english, starts the ninth grade, learns english, at 22 he's now happily married with a couple of young children, and he's -- he told me, he said that the moment of his adoption was the moment that made his dreams possible. in a bad family situation, institutionalized with his brother and sister in three different orphanages and the moment of his adoption and his brother was adopted by the same family who didn't know about his sister, made this possible. i talked to senator john lamping in missouri who adopted a son who is now 14, who had never gone to school. when he was adopted at eight or nine years old, had never been to school anywhere. i would hope, mr. president, that the senate speaks strongly, that we work as effectively as we can with russian representatives in this cou
CSPAN
Jan 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
immediate area. sandy decimated my building as well as the neighboring buildings. it perhaps was one of the most stable and viable businesses in baldwin, new york. my shop has been closed since the storm. we're doing our best a ford the restoration of the building and repair violas, cellos, basses. they were all so horribly damaged. we lost machinery, tools, supplies, and most all of our filed records. this is a nightmare, a true nightmare. and at the age of 63 i never thought i would be faced with this." mr. president, there are tens of thousands of people, tens of thousands of people in new york, tensions of thousands of people in new jersey and other parts of the northeast who have had their lives turned upside down. now, i am dismayed and really saddened that the house of representatives walked away last night, didn't even touch this. we spent so much time here on the floor doing something to help that beleaguered part of our country. i was happy to help with katrina. i was happy to help with that violent storm that hit job lynn, missouri. we all -- that hit joplin, missouri. we
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 8:00am EST
that much effort to be there for our kids. i was very happy during sandy we did some things to raise through covenant house and the cooperation of extraordinary people to raise a lot of money because it doesn't take that much money to give a person the doorway of hope. the last thing i will say is for me i get very upset because when i first became mayor i have a metaphor that i clung to, i would tell people i was such an optimistic and hopeful person, i am a prisoner of hole. we walked through city hall seven years ago there were so many challengess, we are prisoners of hope. we do nothing but hope. seven years later my metaphor has changed because i see powerful the trans formative things happen in every sector of the city from a down housing market to creativity, to double the production of affordable housing. first time in sixty years the population is going up. downtown in 40 years, built by new yorkers, so my metaphor has changed. i am no longer a prisoner of hope, i am hope unhinged because i now believe in my heart of hearts there is no problem, poverty, homelessness, no problem we c
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
for hurricane sandy victims. they're scheduled to vote on amendments to both measures and recess from 12:30 p.m. eastern to 12:15 eastern for party caucus meetings. live coverage on c-span2. and the house will return for legislative business on sunday at 2 p.m. eastern with votes expected beginning at 6:30. we'll have lye coverage when they return on c-span. >> congressional leaders will meet with president obama at the white house later today to talk about plans to avert the so-of called fiscal cliff. before the senate adjourned yesterday, majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell debated the fiscal cliff and talked about negotiations surrounding the tax hikes and automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in a few days. this is about 5 minutes -- 15 minutes. >> madam president, you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation we find ourselves in, but last night president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something we could do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated, because we've b
CSPAN
Jan 2, 2013 9:00am EST
. lawmakers were standing by to act on the hurricane sandy relief bill that stalled in the house. house leadership indicated last night that they will not bring that relief bill to the floor before the start of the 113th congress tomorrow. of course, before leaving the capitol yesterday, the house approved the fiscal cliff agreement hammered out by vice president biden and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. in that agreement tax rates for incomes up to $400,000 remain unchanged, but above that the rates rise to 39.6%. estate taxes go to the top rate of 40% with the first $5 million exempted. capital gains taxes go up to 20%, and it delays across-the of board spending cuts for two months. the agreement also extends long-term unemployment benefits for one year and allows the the 2% payroll tax cut to lapse, it being restored to 6.2%. also the alternative minimum tax is permanently adjusted. check out c-span.org, and you can find more at our fiscal cliff web site. >> burmese opposition leader aung san suu kyi said the award represents the aspirations of the burmese people for a democr
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
. the senate today is also expected to work on a $60 billion hurricane sandy relief package. there's to agreement on the so- there's no agreement on the so-called fiscal cliff, but negotiations continue off the floor. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. o god, before whom the lives of all are exposed and the desires of all known, be at work in our lives. wipe away selfish interest, so that we may perfectly love and truly serve you. give our lawmakers courage as they face today's challenges providing them with the necessary skill to perform their duties and accomplish your purposes. give them the wisdom to refuse to sow to the wind, thereby risking reaping the whirlwind. may they find joy in both serving and loving you. we pray in your holy name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible,
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm EST
in the house, sandy levin, that called for this legislation. the speaker was going to bring it up to kill it but he couldn't kill it. and then we moved to albany b, b, -- plan b, the debacle of all debacles. it's the mother of all debacles. that was brought up in an effort to send us something. he couldn't even pass it among republicans, it was so absurd, he meaning the speaker. so it's very clear now, mr. president, that the speaker's number-one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3. the house is not even here. he's told me he will give them two days to get back here, 48 hours. not two days. 48 hours. they don't even have enough of the leadership here to meet to talk about it. they have done it with conference calls. people are spread all over this country because the speaker basically is waiting for january 3. now, the president campaigned on raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year. the bush-era tax cuts will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about three million votes. he won the election. he campaigned on this issue. again, the s
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 4:00pm EST
. and those of us on the east coast who weathered sandy have gotten a preview of coming attractions as the oceans continue to warm and extreme storms become more common. as i've said before, here in congress we are sleepwalking through history. we are lulled by the narcotic of corporate money, from the polluters and from their allies. we are ignoring the scientific facts. and we are refusing to awaken to the many ringing alarms that nature is now sounding. i hope that we can soon find a way to correct this grievous folly and omission. and i yield the floor. mr. enzi: mr. president, i'd suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: quorum call:
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
billion spending bill for hurricane sandy victims. we're expecting up to 21 amendments on that bill. now live coverage of the u.s. senate here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. almighty god, before whom the generations rise and pass away, watch over america and use our senators to keep it strong and good. imprint upon their hearts such reverence for you that they will be ashamed and afraid to offend you. remind them that their thoughts, words, and deeds are under divine scrutiny. bless also the many others who work faithfully on capitol hill and whose labors bring dignity and efficiency to the legislative process. we pray in your sacred name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
't believe there's anyone in this chamber that doesn't understand the devastating impact of sandy on the northeast and the pain and the suffering that has come from that. i don't think there's anyone in this chamber that doesn't understand that this is an emergency supplemental appropriation that is needed now to address this pain and suffering and help rebuild and help provide the relief necessary to these people and businesses and others in the north east. and we want do that. but the bill before us presented by the democrats -- the presiding officer: could we have order, please. mr. schumer: could we have order, please. i can't hear the senator from indiana. mr. coats: the bill presented by the other side throws out $60-plus billion to address not just immediate needs but also future needs for future storms and even unrelated issues not related to sandy. the coats alternative, which i hope to gain support for, documents what is needed, takes that documentation provided by fema, s.b.a., all the agencies involved and more than generously compensates for what is needed between now
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 7:00pm EST
in this -- we had a debate about putting those emergency provisions into the emergency bill for hurricane sandy, and i heard the republican leader of the budget committee stand up and say don't worry, farmers and ranchers of america, because we're going to get those provisions passed in the farm bill. but from what i'm hearing now that promise is being broken tonight by the republican leader. ms. stabenow: if i might respond, yes, that is exactly what's happening. without consultation with me or with the chairman in the house, we now have a partial extension of the farm bill. these are complex issues that involve a lot of pieces when you try to extend all 12 titles of the farm bill. and they do not -- they not only do not extend all the titles, but they do not include critical disaster assistance, which, as you know, our farmers and ranchers have been waiting for across america. mr. merkley: if i can try to translate this for the farmers and ranchers in my state of oregon and the orchardists and ranchers in your state, this chamber committed itself to restoring the emergency disaster programs e
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